This is the post that I wish I didn’t have to write, but it appears that we all need a holy reminder. Please know that this isn’t a response to either candidates but a response to our collective reaction to all of it.
I’m not sure I was prepared for the day after the election. I know it happens every four years, but this time around felt so very different. The emotions were high, the fear was real, the division was deep and the words were strong. And to be quite honest – I feel a bit hungover from all of it. I had to step away from social media and the news and I had to remind myself that kindness matters the most at time like these.
And I guess that’s why I’m writing this; to remind all of us that kindness matters.
As I was scrolling through Facebook Wednesday morning my heart ached for redemption and reconciliation for all of us. In a time when the process that was suppose to protect and encourage us has deeply divided us – we need Jesus’ redeeming love more than ever.
But we are not just recipients of his unfailing love – we are called to be givers of it. We are called to be a light on a hill and to shine through the darkness.
We are called to pierce through the hatred, the fear, the name calling and the shaming with unwavering love. We are called to show people Jesus by how we treat them. This means that how we treat each other in the midst of celebration and mourning matters. Empathy, kindness and humility matters.
You guys, we are called to love. This is our mission.
Regardless of who is president.
We are called to love.
Regardless of who your neighbor voted for.
We are called to love.
To love our neighbors.
To love our enemies.
To love boldly, courageously and fiercely.
To love as God loves us.
And let’s also remember that there is nothing more that the enemy wants than to rip our country apart straight through the middle. He desperately desires for us to see our neighbors as enemies to be feared and hated. So let us remember that we don’t fight against the flesh and let us unite as a people with love, kindness and hope. Let us put our hope in something that is greater than a person or a system. Let us keep our eyes on He who is higher than all of this – and all of us.
Let us remain faithful to our mission, and love.